V is for Victory. So is IX. is a national campaign to increase the effectiveness of Title IX.
Enacted in 1972, Title IX is a federal law addressing equality in education, academics and sports. The campaign is being launched by the Women’s Sports Foundation, the Women’s Law Project of Philadelphia, the California Women’s Law Center and the American Civil Liberties Union of Washington State.
V is for Victory. So is IX. is designed to educate and motivate the parents, teachers and coaches of middle and high school girls and the student athletes themselves to determine whether their school’s athletic programs and playing opportunities measure up to what is required by Title IX and, if not, to take measures to remedy the inequities.
The campaign is both virtual – at Vis4Victory.org — a micro site that includes action steps; viral videos geared to different audiences; a survey asking parents and girls to determine how their school is faring, and an invitation to girls to tell their own stories – and actual, in print materials, special events and free educational workshops in the Philadelphia, Seattle, and Los Angeles communities.
Since the law’s enactment, participation in women’s sports in high school has grown from one in 27 to one in 2.5 girls.
“Many schools aren’t providing the resources and support for girls in sports that could foster their talent or help them pursue their interests.
In 2007, female athletes were still receiving 1.3 million fewer participation opportunities than boys at the high school level,” says Marj Snyder, Ph.D., Chief Program and Planning Officer of the Women’s Sports Foundation. “We want parents and girls to understand the law and how they can take action for their daughters and for themselves,” she adds.
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